Sunday, December 29. Does it feel like a long time since we began the Sagittarius lunar cycle on December 2? The exuberance of Sagittarius led us into the deepening and wondrous dark of late fall. Now, at the very end of this cycle, the Moon returns to Sagittarius with a question for you: What did you discover? Every lunar cycle is about discovery, but the Sagittarius cycle is even more so about the quest for knowledge and truth, with lots of fun thrown in. The mutable fire sign offers a torch to light the way through times of doubt. Remember that flame. The Sun and Mercury come together to spark conversation, realization, and a hidden desire to understand our essential natures. The square of both the Sun and Mercury to Uranus make these things even more daring and potentially explosive. Sometimes, the biggest change we can make is to change our minds—not someone else’s mind—but our own. Notice the freedom this can bring.
Monday, December 30. Quite likely, sometime today, you will be challenged to choose between conflict and resolution. Mars in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn—a tense aspect at any time—is more significant this time because Mars is making this aspect to Pluto again after it turns retrograde on March 1. This is one of the transformative planetary exchanges that will occur at the New Moon and this spring when it will be stronger. (See the introduction to this week’s forecast for more about this.) Pluto in Capricorn wears the clothes of oppressive authority. Mars in Libra just wants fairness and equality; is that too much to ask? What if there are no bad guys in the solar system? How do we embrace powerful forces of responsibility with equanimity that doesn’t just roll over and acquiesce? Notice how you react.
Tuesday, December 31. New Year’s Eve. Not every thought and feeling we have is pretty or a source of pride. There, I said it. None of us are perfect. Today, Mercury joins Pluto and if we are brave enough, we get illuminating perspective on our imperfections that can actually lead to empowerment. What do you need to say? What are you not saying? And why? Sometimes the enlightenment doesn’t come from saying what hides in our hearts but in being able to actually look at what hides in our hearts without judgment. Mercury also squares Mars today increasing the likelihood that we will say something impulsively. Others are having the same trouble with their tongues too. The good news is that there is power in words; perhaps as a way to honor the cusp of a new year, you can set aside time to unleash words that will create the world anew.
January 1, 2014—New Moon: Dreaming. New Year’s Day. See the introduction to this week’s forecast for more context about this important lunar cycle. I used a metaphor, describing the transits of this New Moon as a bell ringing in a year of transformation. We are ringing in a new year and most likely a new paradigm too. Goodness knows, some things have got to change. The Sun, Moon, Pluto and Mercury are closely conjunct in Capricorn. There’s a lot of energy here to get to the core of what we want to manifest this cycle. Capricorn invites us to look at the bones of our vision for the future. There’s a lot of support for taking ourselves seriously. The stakes feel high and we can use the forward momentum of a new lunation and a new year to set strong intention. This line-up of planets in Capricorn is challenged by Mars in Libra and Uranus in Aries. This is not the signature of patience. Passion can help us get to the bones of what really matters and to let go of the externals that aren’t important. Whatever we can do to discharge stress or impulsivity will be helpful. This is not a time to squelch our feelings, but neither is it a time to act unconsciously. Remember the community as hero that I wrote about earlier. We can help each other. Sometimes it isn’t even necessary to know how we are helping. The important thing is to know that we matter to each other in ways that are not always visible. Jupiter in Cancer opposes the Capricorn planets and Mars, and there is a wide-orb square to Uranus too. This configuration of planets in the Cardinal signs will repeat with more force this spring when the aspects are more exact. The Cardinal signs rule the core areas of life: identity, home, relationship, and profession. It might feel like nothing is safe from upheaval. Personal practices that bring you to a calm center are very helpful. Taking action, even if it is symbolic, is also a way to greet these energies with vitality. If you aren’t certain about the direction you need to go, send out a plea to your allies for help. It may take several months before you really know.
Thursday, January 2. Did you feel the earth move yesterday? It was a powerful day, followed by another powerful one today. The Sun squares Mars. A square is an challenging exchange between the planets involved. Both the Sun and Mars feed a sense of purpose and vitality. When they challenge each other, that energy is off kilter. Perhaps we are trying too hard, or perhaps we reach a roadblock that makes us snap. Perhaps we need to learn to stand up for ourselves without blowing everyone else away. A needed adjustment between ego and will can be made today. The Moon in Aquarius feeds the energy to bring a different approach.
Friday, January 3. Mercury opposes Jupiter in the middle of the night, which may have disturbed your sleep. Are you waking up in a cranky mood? Resist the impulse to make matters worse by saying something you might regret later. In spite of this, you can improve communications today. Perhaps compassion comes when we realize that everyone else is in the same boat. A nap may be in order.
January 4—Crescent Moon: Beginning. The first few days of this year have not been very quiet. Even if nothing much looks different on the surface, a lot has been going on underneath. You may want to exhale today. Winter is a time to get in touch with our absolutes, which I am framing as the bones of my intention. At the Crescent phase of the Moon, we announce to the multiverse what we want. I recommend doing this out loud. When we tell the world what we want, the world is able to respond with gifts and challenges to help us manifest that intention. There are no short cuts on this journey, however an amazing amount of time can be saved when we get behind our own visions by proclaiming them clearly. The Moon in Pisces invites us to come at this intention from another direction. Intuition and dreams play a big role. Don’t be surprised if your heart feels bigger and maybe more fragile as you dare to speak your heart’s desire.